I went to the ER on December 19th due to a racing heartbeat upon standing. The ER doctor ordered all kinds of blood work, a chest X-ray and EKG. The EKG was normal other than sinus tachycardia. Blood work was fine and chest X-ray normal as well. They thought I was dehydrated and sent me on my way with a 24 hour holter monitor.
My primary care doctor's office called me and said that my holter monitor results were ok but everything I'm reading online says otherwise...
Here are my results:
Acquisition Duration 86340 S
# OF VENTRICULAR ECTOPICS 9
# OF VENTRICULAR ISOLATED BEATS 3
# OF VENTRICULAR BIGEMINAL CYCLES 0
# OF VENTRICULAR COUPLETS 0
# OF VENTRICULAR BEATS IN RUNS 6
# OF LONGEST VENTRICULAR BEATS 0
LONGEST VE RUN RATE 0 BPM
# OF FASTEST VENTRICULAR BEATS 0
FASTEST VENTRICULAR RATE 0 BPM
# OF SUPRAVENTRICULAR ECTOPICS 1
# OF SUPRAVENTRICULAR ISOLATED BEATS 1
# OF SUPRAVENTRICULAR COUPLETS 0
# OF SUPRAVENTRICULAR RUNS 0
# OF SUPRAVENTRICULAR BEATS IN RUNS 0
# OF LONGEST SUPRAVENTRICULAR BEATS 0
LONGEST SUPRAVENTRICULAR RATE 0 BPM
# OF FASTEST SUPRAVENTRICULAR BEATS 0
FASTEST SUPRAVENTRICULAR RATE 0 BPM
Monitoring started at 3:19 PM and continued for 23 hr 59 min. The average heart rate was84 BPM. The minimum heart rate was 55 BPM, occurring at 8:25:03 AM. The maximum heart rate was 146 BPM, occurring at 4:10:47 PM.
Ventricular ectopic ectivity consisted of 9 beats, of which, 6 were in run, 3 were single VEs. The longest ventricular run occurred at 12:08:12 PM, conisiting of 6 beats, with maximum heart rate of 146 BPM. The fastest ventricular run occurred at 12:08:12 PM, consisting of 6 beats, with maximum heart rate of 146 BPM. Multiform VEs were noted.
Supraventricular ectopic activity consisted of 1 single PAC. The longest R-R interval was 1.2 seconds occurring at 6:40:13 AM.
Symptoms were noted, but did not correspond with abnormalities on the monitor.
So the thing that is concerning me is the run of 6 ventricular ectopic beats when my heart rate was high. Is this considered nonsustained ventricular tachycardia? I am trying to trust what my doctors says that it's fine but I'm terrified that I could suddenly drop dead from this. I already have anxiety and this is making it so much worse!
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